Mr. Gus Stop Motion Animation Class - 5 Day Camp

Learn how to create a clay character, animate using stop motion on your iPad or smartphone
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60 minutes

per class

5x per week

over 1 week


year olds


learners per class

per learner - per class

How does aMulti-Daycourse work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Class Experience

Foundations for animation, type of animations, character creation using clay, and use the app Stop Motion Studio. In the end, students create an animated film of their own and enjoy the experience of creating their film using just a smartphone. 
I have been teaching digital media to students from 2nd to 5th grade. Students love the dynamic of making a film. As a film professional, I love to teach the kids about these subjects, I'm very passionate about it. From my own perspective, I engage with the students by talking about movies and how fun is to create them, I also enjoy building collaborative groups and leaders who work together to create something new and unique. 
In every class, there is an assignment for the students to reinforce the core activity. 
Class One: Come up with a character for the first activity, a blank world. 
Class Two: Making Clay Expressive
Class Three: Come up with an idea for your animated movie. Name Animation project.
Class Four: Animate your film. Add music, Final touches, audio, music.
Class Five: Finish your film and turn it in!
Students must own a smartphone or a Smart Tablet for the class. I recommended the app Stop Motion Studio(Free Verison and a paid version $5) and Cap Cut, a video editing software. Both are free and can be downloaded from the appropriate website. 

- Box of clay from Amazon for about $11 - You can also use Play-Doh, but it might not work the same way as clay.

Have a plastic Table cover/Tarp or butcher paper to protect the table while the student is modeling. Clay can leave the marks of color on the table.
- Construction paper
- Scissors 
- Scotch tape
- Glue stick 
- Color Pencils, Crayons, Markers
- Toothpicks
- Aluminum wire (optional)

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Students choose to share the work done from the previous day's assignment at the beginning of the class. 
These activities can measure their level of success in class.
The final project for the students will be the creation of an animated short film of 1 minute long. I love to create reflections with students and encourage sharing their opinions and ideas about class topics and what they love about their learning experience.

Parents might need to help their children in this class. Making movies is about collaboration. So I encourage you to work with them. Every child is different. Some could do the whole project by themselves; others need support.

Every class, I emphasize my will to help and answer questions at any time. Not only during the course. You can always reach me with any concerns. 
5 hours per week in class, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.
The content is curated and reviewed for the students. I regularly check the material I show in class with, an excellent tool for parents and teachers to understand what is appropriate to show kids and what age.
The teacher always advises students to check with parents that the teacher mention in class. Sometimes the teacher talks about certain films that are not age-appropriate for them; however, the teacher will never show these films' video clips.


Mr GusFilmmaker and Photographer who loves to teach film, Screenwriting and stop motion animation
225 total reviews
154 completed classes

About Me

1) I teach smartphone filmmaking 101/102/103 , editing, sound, and basic lighting, story development, and creation and Stop Motion animation (sculpt characters to animation techniques)

2)I have been working in the industry for a long time, mostly... 
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